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November 2015
The Center for Collections and Research will celebrate the dedication of the newly-restored Samuel Yellin gates on Lone Pine Road on November 8 at 1:30 pm. Originally located off Cranbrook Road at the North Entrance to the estate, these gates will serve a new purpose as the exit from Cranbrook House. Guests of Honor include Virginia Fox, Granddaughter of Cranbrook Founders Ellen and George Booth, and Clare Yellin, Granddaughter of Metalworker Samuel Yellin. A 1:30 pm dedication ceremony will be followed by a 2:30 pm lecture by Clare Yellin entitled "Beauty from Fire: Samuel Yellin's Metalwork at Cranbrook and in Detroit." Please join the Community in celebrating the restoration of an important piece of Cranbrook's history and the unveiling of a new Cranbrook landmark.
Join us on November 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for our second Adult Workshop at Cranbrook Art Museum! This month, learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches with CAA fiber artist student, Mackinley Motzer. Participants will plan, cut, prepare, and stitch the provided materials (leather and non-leather!). This adhesive free method produces sturdy, distinctive binding perfect for notepads, travel books, or sketching journals! You'll also experiment with various stitches, fasteners, and other decorative possibilities. $50 for CAM ArtMembers; $65 for nonmembers. Costs include instruction time, all materials (which you will take home), light refreshments, and after hour museum admission from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Advance registration is required. For more information about the workshops and to register, check the Museum website or contact Sarah Doty, Assistant Curator of Education, at or 248.645.3313. All skill levels are welcome!
Join the  C ranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary for Members' Night on November 12 from 5:30 pm t o 7:00 pm at Cranbrook House. Members will enjoy pleasant conversations with Auxiliary friends new and old, white wine, cheese, fruit, crackers, and the charm of the historic manor home, which takes on an undisputed prominence under the evening moonlight. All Auxiliary members are welcome to attend this free social gathering.  Not a Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary member yet? Signing up is easy! Click here to become a member through our online form. Please RSVP for Members' Night by calling 248.645.3149 or emailing by Monday, November 9. 
The Cranbrook Educational Community celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Horizons-Upward Bound Program during an Anniversary Gala held at the historic Kingswood School on November 14 at 6:00 pm. One of the oldest and largest programs of its kind in the United States, the HUB program at Cranbrook prepares students with limited opportunities from the Detroit Metropolitan area to enter and succeed in the post-secondary education setting. Since its inception in 1965, almost 3000 local student have graduated from the HUB program with more than seventy percent graduating from colleges within six years. Tickets for the gala are $150 and $250 and information is available by clicking here
Cranbrook Art Museum hosts the ArtMembers' Opening Reception for its fall exhibitions on November 20. This is your opportunity to see what is new at the museum before the exhibitions open to the public. Not a member? Purchase a membership at the front desk that night! The exhibitions include: Lou Reed, Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe presents the audio installation of Metal Machine Trio, a 2009 live performance of Lou Reed's groundbreaking 1975 double album, Metal Machine Music. The installation will use 12 loud speakers in an ambisonic arrangement to create a fully immersive 3D sound lab. Empire is a 1964 film by Andy Warhol. It consists of eight hours and five minutes of continuous slow motion footage of the Empire State Building in New York City. Him a project by Liz Cohen, Cranbrook Academy of Art's Photography Artist-in-Residence, presents a body of work that comes from an ongoing research project with a self-described eunuch. The Cranbrook Salon--part of an ongoing series that explores Cranbrook's collections through the history of exhibition design--reimagines the eighteenth-century salon as a visual mind map. All exhibitions open to the public on November 21!
Celebrate the Thanksgiving break by taking a trip through the natural world during Give Thanks to Nature November 25, 27 and 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm each day. Hands-on activities and crafts will allow visitors to explore migration flyways, prepare for winter, or head underground and wait for spring. All activities are free with admission. Bats: Superheroes of the Night takes guests deep into the realm of the most mysterious and misunderstood animal on our planet-Bats. Live animals and interactive components help you to discover the role bats play in our natural world, how they benefit humans, and what we can do help save them. BATS: Superheroes of the Night runs through June 19, 2016. Admission is $5 for the general public, $4 for members, and $3 for seniors and children 2-12 plus museum admission. Children under 2 are free. Special Holiday Season planetarium programs begin November 25 and run through January 3, 2016. Preview programming online.
Welcome the holiday season this year with 
Holiday Splendor: Tinsel & Trees. T his event will feature wonderfully decorated trees and other holiday decor in the enchanted setting of Cranbrook House during three festive weekends, November 28 through December 13.
Holiday Splendor: Tinsel & Trees includes seven general admission days, an elegant buffet tea on December 3, charming cocktail party on December 4, and Santa Sighting on December 5. Guests will also enjoy holiday shopping and of course, holiday cheer!  Advance reservations are required for the tea and cocktail party. Guests are also encouraged to register in advance for the Santa Sighting, as Santa is busy this time of year and can only visit with a limited number of children on this stop!  Reservations are available online, in person at Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary office, or by phone at 248.645.3149. Click here to view the Holiday Splendor: Tinsel & Trees schedule and to take advantage of discounted general admission during the presale. 
The boys tennis team secured the Division 3 state championship on October 17. Cranbrook-Kingswood swept the doubles championship flights, adding additional championship wins at Nos. 2 and 4 singles.
The Cranbrook Schools open house on October 11 was well attended. The beautiful weather saw hundreds of new families come out to explore Cranbrook and learn what a Cranbrook Schools education has to offer. The next open house will take place on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Families and students considering pre-kindergarten through high school are encouraged to visit.
One of Cranbrook Schools' robotics teams has earned the prestigious title of Tournament Champions at the 2015 MCCC/Autodesk VEX Qualifier Competition, which took place on Saturday, October 10 at  Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Michigan. Cranbrook's Team 35, "Terminal Velocity", earned a host of awards for their involvement in the tournament. In addition to their title of Tournament Champions, they were also awarded standing as Programming Skills Champions and Driver Skills Champions. They are the Number One Robotics Team in the state of Michigan, and are Number Two worldwide. Take a look at their engineering achievements in the video below!
Cranbrook Schools hosted the second annual Friday Night Lights football game at the Thompson Oval on Del Walden Field on September 18. Once again the event was a terrific success, and not just because of the victory over rival Bishop Foley Friday. The game was sponsored by the Nick Davis Family along with the Coleman Family and Bowman Chevrolet.
Cranbrook House and Gardens was recently showcased in an article on MLive entitled, "Cranbrook House and Gardens, Metro Detroit's oldest manor, continues living legacy." The article was part of a series about historic Detroit estates. Click here to read the article. 
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